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Rag Radio 2012-02-24 - Activism and the Occupy Austin Movement

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Rag Radio 2012-02-24 - Activism and the Occupy Austin Movement


Published February 24, 2012


The guests discuss the Occupy Austin movement and Occupy Southby -- a series of events, including the Million Musicians March for Peace -- scheduled by Occupy Austin for the massive South by Southwest festival. They also discuss a Teach-In and other events on the UT-Austin campus planned by Occupy UT, and a new worker-owned coffeehouse that grew out of the occupy movement in Austin.

Guests: Richard Bowden is an Austin fiddler extraordinaire, long-time peace activist, and primary organizer of the Million Musicians March for Peace, Austin's unique, musician-led, annual community peace event. Mo McMorrow, who has worked as a visiual artist, actress, and stand-up comic, is an Austin-based singer-songwriter. Joe Cooper has been involved in Occupy Austin since the first planning meeting in September 2011, and was present almost daily during the four months of the 24/7 occupation. Lucian VillaseƱor is a student in Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, works with the Workers Defense Project, and is an organizer of Occupy UT. Nate Cowan, an organizer of the worker-owned Legion Co-Op Coffeehouse, has been a peace activist since high school, where he started Youth Activists of Austin to fight military recruiting in schools, and has worked full-time with Occupy Austin. Brian J. Overman, also an Occupy Austin activist, is a writer and video producer and former coffee shop owner, and an organizer of the Legion Co-Op Coffeehouse, which he envisions as a sustainable economic model and a safe space for local activists.

This program includes live performance by Bowden and McMorrow. The show was produced during KOOP's spring membership drive; fundraising pitches, underwriting announcements, and recorded music have not been edited out of this podcast.

Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Running time: 57:31.


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